IOGKF International was founded by Master Morio Higaonna in 1979 with the permission of the old and most senior Karate Masters of Okinawa, Japan – the birthplace of Karate. Master Higaonna preserved Goju-ryu Karate and spread it across the globe. In 2012 at the age of 74 the Master took on an advisory role within IOGKF and appointed Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura (7th Dan Master) as the new World Chief Instructor, who in turn approved the restructure of Goju-ryu in Australia and the formation of the AOGKF under the guidance of his representatives, Sensei Joe Roses (7th Dan) & the AOGKF Executive committee.

IOGKF Executive Structure

Saiko Shihan (Supreme Master):
Sensei Morio Higaonna (10th Dan Okinawa)

Shuseki Shihan (Chairman and Chief Instructor):
Sensei Tetsuji Nakamura (7th Dan Canada)

Fuku Shuseki Shihan (Vice Chief Instructors):
Sensei Ernie Molyneux (8th Dan England)
Sensei Henrik Larsen (7th Dan Denmark)